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|Hurricane Watch In Effect For Southeastern Bahamas (TS Chris)|
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|Posted by:||Aug 2nd 2006, 07:50:56 pm|
|Fig Tree News Team||August 02, 2006 – 07:11
Residents of the southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands were advised to begin to secure their properties Tuesday as tropical storm and possibly hurricane conditions are expected.
In its first alert on Tropical Storm Chris, issued at 6 o’clock last evening, the Department of Meteorology reported that the weather system’s centre was located about 760 miles east-southeast of Grand Turk, 860 miles east-southeast of Inagua and 1190 miles east-southeast of New Providence.
It advised that a tropical storm alert was in effect for the islands of Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Ragged Island and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
The alert means that tropical storm conditions can possibly be experienced within 60 hours.
Tropical Storm Chris was moving toward the west-northwest near 10 miles per hour.
According to the meteorological department, that general motion was expected to continue for the next 24 hours.
"On this track the centre of Chris will move near the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeast Bahamas on Friday morning," the alert said.
The tropical storm’s maximum sustained winds were near 60 miles per hour with higher gusts.
Some strengthening was forecast over the next 24 hours.
By: Darrin Culmer, The Bahama Journal
|Posted by:||Aug 2nd 2006, 04:59:52 pm|
|Fig Tree News Team||TROPICAL STORM CHRIS ADVISORY NUMBER 9
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL032006
500 PM AST WED AUG 02 2006
...CHRIS SLIGHTLY WEAKER...
A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS...AND FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS...INCLUDING THE ACKLINS...CROOKED ISLAND...THE INAGUAS...MAYAGUANA...AND THE RAGGED ISLANDS. A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR PUERTO RICO AND THE U.S. AND BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 12 TO 24 HOURS.
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.
AT 500 PM AST...2100Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM CHRIS WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 19.9 NORTH...LONGITUDE 64.3 WEST OR ABOUT 115 MILES...180 KM...NORTH-NORTHEAST OF ST. THOMAS.
CHRIS IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH...17 KM/HR...
AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS. ON
THIS TRACK...THE CENTER OF CHRIS WILL REMAIN NORTH OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO. HOWEVER...SOME OF THE STRONG RAIN BANDS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHRIS MAY CONTINUE TO AFFECT PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS LATER TONIGHT AND EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.
REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE UNIT HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT THE MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NOW NEAR 60 MPH...95 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 80 MILES...130 KM...MAINLY TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER.
THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY THE AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER PLANE IS 1005 MB...29.68 INCHES.
CHRIS IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES OVER THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS...THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS ...AND PORTIONS OF PUERTO RICO...WITH POSSIBLE ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 8 INCHES OVER HIGHER TERRAIN THROUGH THURSDAY.
REPEATING THE 500 PM AST POSITION...19.9 N...64.3 W. MOVEMENT TOWARD...WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1005 MB.
AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT 800 PM AST FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 1100 PM AST.
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